Frequently asked questions
Historically, EarthRenew operated a fertilizer plant that used waste heat from a turbine to heat-treat manure and generate fertilizer. That plant stopped production in 2010 and the equipment associated with production was removed. EarthRenew is now seeking to recommission the organic fertilizer plant. We are upgrading the equipment in the existing building and applying improved technology to produce organic fertilizer. The physical footprint of the manure processing and preconditioning building is 1.3 hectares. 10 tonnes of fertilizer pellets will be produced per hour when we are fully operational.
The Strathmore facility is our flagship plant to be used a model as we expand to new locations in Canada and the USA.
EarthRenew is not currently diverting any water. EarthRenew’s proposed water license allows us to divert up to 2,124 cubic meters of water annually for power production. EarthRenew does not expect to require any additional water for the production of organic fertilizer.
No, EarthRenew’s operations will not impact the quality of local groundwater resources or surface water bodies. EarthRenew’s handling process for manure does not pose any contamination risk to groundwater via our on-site groundwater well. EarthRenew’s facility will have a waste management plan that includes how wastes are handled. This is a requirement under Alberta Environment and Park’s EPEA Act.
We are aware that the old plant created odours that affected neighbors. Although we have kept the same company name, we are a new organization with a new management team. We are fully committed to managing and reducing unpleasant odours that may result from our operations. We are currently working with our consulting engineers to determine the best methods for odour and pollution control which may include:
Odour Control System: the process stack will be fitted with a state-of-the-art odour control technology specifically designed for removing nuisance odours. The new process stack will also be higher than the existing stack which will improve dispersion and dilution, reducing detectable odour at the fence line.
Cyclones: The dryer stack is fitted with a series of cyclones that remove particulate matter in the air stream coming from the dryer.
Dust Control System: A network of vacuum tubing collects dust from operations and moves it into a bin. This prevents the dust from being airborne and carried outside the facility.
EarthRenew is working with an environmental consulting firm to develop our EPEA application for our operations. This work involves developing an odour management plan and conducting and air quality impact assessment. The air modelling will be conducted according to the requirements of the Alberta Air Quality Model Guideline, which is an established practice.
EarthRenew’s EPEA approval for the power plant requires the installation of emission reduction equipment for the process stack to ensure nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM2.5), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are within regulatory limits. EarthRenew reports annually to the AEP according to the Annual Emissions Inventory Report Standard and Guidance Document (AEIR). In 2019, our facility’s emissions were below the applicable AEIR reporting thresholds.